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World Environment Day June 6

“I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.”
– Darryl Cherney

“In an underdeveloped country, don’t drink the water, in a developed country, don’t breathe the air.”
– Jonathan Raban

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
– Robert Swan

“To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.”
– Bill Nye

“Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
– Carl Sagan

Teacher Appreciation Week – first week in June

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”
– Tom Brokaw

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.”
– Lady Bird Johnson

“The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate ‘apparently ordinary’ people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.”
– K. Patricia Cross

Baseball Invented – June 12, 1839

“It is the mathematical potential for a single game to last forever.”
– Bill Vaughn

“There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works.”
– Charlie Lau

“He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
– Yogi Berra

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”
– Ted Williams

Flag Day – June 14

“Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation.”
– Joe Barton

“Our flag is not just one of many political points of view. Rather, the flag is a symbol of our national unity.”
– Adrian Cronauer

Caldecott Medal first awarded – June 14, 1938

“The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published that year. It was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. Together with the Newbery Medal, it is the most prestigious American children’s book award. Runners-up for the Caldecott Medal are designated as Honor Books.”
– from the Caldecott Medal homepage

Eat Your Vegetables Day – June 17

“We should all be eating fruits and vegetables as if our lives depend on it – because they do.”
– Michael Greger

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”
– Doug Larson

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”
– Lewis Grizzard

Fathers’ Day – June 18

“Being a dad is when you realize you can actually like people who puke in your car multiple times.”
– Unknown

“It takes a strong man to accept somebody else’s children and step up to the plate another man left on the table.”
– Ray Johnson

“I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers, whether they are stepfathers or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.”
– T.D. Jakes

Juneteenth – June 19

“June 19th reminds me that I am the force of power to change this world and to follow in the footsteps of my ancestors to work towards liberation.”
– Mariah Cooley

“It’s an opportunity to both look back but to look ahead to make sure that that notion of freedom and the fragility of it is always protected and celebrated.”
– Lonnie Bunch

“Ours is not the struggle of one day, one week or one year. Ours is not the struggle of one judicial appointment or presidential term. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime, or maybe even many lifetimes, and each one of us in every generation must do our part.”
– John Lewis

Bicycle patented – June 26, 1819

“Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.”
– Charles M. Schultz

“Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.”
– Unknown

National Organization for Women’s 1966 founded June 30, 1966

“We, men and women who hereby constitute ourselves as the National Organization for Women, believe that the time has come for a new movement toward true equality for all women in America, and toward a fully equal partnership of the sexes, as part of the world-wide revolution of human rights now taking place within and beyond our national borders.”
– National Organization for Women’s 1966 Statement of Purpose

Black Music Month

“Everything that happened to me as a child involved music. It was part of everyday life, as automatic as breathing.”
– Nina Simone

“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me — like food or water.”
– Ray Charles

“Jazz comes from our way of life, and because it’s our national art form, it helps us to understand who we are.”
–Wynton Marsalis

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